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If your final four picks bombed like mine did, you probable focused your attention to all the April Fools day articles that inundated the internet. However, we hope everyone had the opportunity to read our blogs and check out our website, but just in case you did not have the time to see our blogs and voter links as they were published, we have summarized them for you here. Please enjoy them and be sure to check back for new articles during the week. You can find a complete listing on the Mintek Blog.

The most popular article of the week was an April 1 blog. The remainder of this weeks articles examined the impact an EAMcan have in the collection and storage of maintenance history, increasing maintenance efficiencies and capital planning.

1. DOE Recanting CMMS Recommendation

Author: Stuart Smith

Short April Fools piece explaining a fictitious Department of Energy press release to recant their recommendation companies seeking to reduce energy footprints use a CMMS.

Key Point: One organization’s pain is another one’s opportunity.

2. Why Cruise Ships Need an EAM to Stay Afloat

Author: Stuart Smith

Cruise ships are like small floating cities. However once at sea, cruise ships must maintain exceptional maintenance vigilance to avoid being stranded or to fight off the corrosive of mother nature. Because of this inspections and preventive maintenance are absolutely critical to cruise ship operations.

Key Point: One of an EAM strongest features is the capture of asset detail and subsequent scheduling of all maintenance activities.

3. Hotel Green is Lean With An EAM

Author: Stuart Smith

Despite an ongoing global recession there are over 4,000 first class or luxury hotels under construction. Many of these hotels are being built to take advantage of consumer awareness and demand to be associated with green products. Green hotels are more expensive than traditional hotels. Subsequently, the larger investment requires better asset management as well as efforts to maximize asset lifecycles.

Key Point: Hotel asset management works well with an EAM because management because it meets the need for correcting minor issues before they become major repairs, the extension of asset lifecycles and better organization of maintenance tasks.

Read Relevant Articles That We Found Last Week

But wait there is more. We have found several more articles that you might find to be interesting on. The 5 best this week are:

1. Maintenance Software–How to Negotiate Successful Contracts with CMMS Vendors

Author: David Berger

Contract negotiation can intimidating or even frustrating but there are some basics premises to go by. These include understanding that both parties wish for mutual gain, deliverables must be explicit and pricing is always negotiable.

Key Point: Your approach to contract negotiations will determine your success.

2. Serving up EAM Integration

Author: Joseph Mendoza

Joseph begins with an excellent overview of the decisions organizations make with regard to choosing multiple vendors for in depth applications or limiting vendors by choosing a generic suite of applications. The article goes on to discuss a couple of bridge gap alternatives for making sure systems such as an EAM are able to be most effective.

Key Point: The point to remember is to make decisions based upon the pain involved.

3. Improve asset management with smarter information tools

Author: Mark T Hoske

Based upon a speech by Mary T. Bunzel, the article discusses how the role of MRO has evolved. Included are examples of MROevolution as well as the need for organizations to redefine the role of maintenance management in order to be competitive in tomorrow workplace.

Key Point: “An effective MRO implementation can help connect silos, help standardize and analyze what’s going on, and build-in agility”

4. In the groove: Common myths about mechanical pipe joints

Authors: Gary Trinker

Grooved piping has been use for over 80 years. Over that time several myths have developed over their effectiveness and reliability. Gary talks about these myths and reinforces the reason why grooved piping remains a mainstay in industry.

Key Point: Grooved piping although not the choice for temperature extreme environments has many uses.

5. Saving the Wind

Authors: Posted in New Energy and Fuel

The article discusses the technology behind capturing and compressing air using deep sea beds or other natural pressurized environments. Scale models have been built and testing is now underway.

Key Point: The compressed air form of wind energy could be in widespread use within 15 years and cost less than other alternatives.

What We Learned This Week

The articles this week point out the growing need for higher level involvement in maintenance management functions. Maintenance management may not be a profit center with a lot of glory, but without the proper tools and management, a company is likely to suffer cash flow decreases as a result of capital items and excessive reactive repair costs. We also learned that despite the many tools available to increase company performance, companies sometimes do not think their plans through well enough.